Sydney Ellen is a lead guitarist, songwriter and composer, hailing from Southern California.
A multi-faceted prodigious musician, Sydney was first a trained pianist at age five. Growing up listening to Classic Rock and being heavily influenced by the performance style of Jimmy Page, Sydney expanded her musical talent to the guitar, and ultimately songwriting and composing for film and TV. After over a decade of curating her skills, Sydney attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and still dedicates herself to perfecting her craft every single day.
Trained by Michael Jackson guitarist, Jennifer Batten, and equipped with unrivaled talent and extensive educational pedigree, Sydney has made a seamless transition from dedicated student to professional musician.
No stranger to the stage, Sydney has years of experience performing Classic Rock, Metal, Hard Rock, Funk, Motown, and Pop, but perhaps her greatest skill is her ability to perform on stage with an enviable sense of ease - a skill that has left her decorated with numerous awards as one of the top rising female guitarists in the rock scene. Sydney's music has been featured on The Heidi and Frank Show - 95.5 KLOS, and recently featured on Nikki Sixx's radio show - Sixx Sense. Sydney has garnered a rapidly growing worldwide fanbase, and continues to connect with her fans through her love for performing, admiring unique guitars, and teaching guitar.
Sydney is currently a guitar instructor for Fender Play™ and continues to write music for upcoming release.
Her cutting edge look coupled with her musical talent and stage presence has earned Sydney various endorsements and sponsorships from clothing and accessory companies, equipment vendors, hair stylists and makeup artists.
2017 - Riffwars Hall of Fame Nominee - Best Classic Rock Female
2016 - Rockwired Magazine's 25 Top Favorite Guitarists
2015 - Queen of Strings Finalist
2015 - ReverbNation Featured Artist
2014 - HMMA Awards Rock Song of the Year (MXI)
2014 - OC Music Awards People's Choice Award Nominee
2013 - Playstation Home Featured Artist (MXI)
2013 - Golden Key Award - Songwriting and Music Video Production
2013 - Specialized Talent Achievement Award - Performing Arts
2012 - Rock Guitar Goddess Award
2012 - CIBACS Superior Product Content - Sound Engineering
2011 - Songwriting and Recording - Multi Instrumentalist Award
2008 - Orange County Songwriting and Music Composition Award